BIO-3901 Master's Thesis in Marine Biotechnology - 60 ECTS
Only students on the Master's degree program in biotechnology are eligible for this course. It is not available to any other category of students as a singular or elective course.
Students who are admitted to the master's in biotechnology normally select a project during the first semester, and no later than one month before the end of the second semester. There will be arranged meetings/seminars to give overview of available master projects and themes during the first semester.
The master thesis is the main part of the master study in marine biotechnology. Skills will be developed through independent scientific work and production of a written thesis under the guidance by one or several supervisors. The work should be research related and the thesis should have elements of new basic knowledge or methods. The thesis can be based on literature study, data from field work or laboratory research or a combination of these.
The thesis is written within one of the following disciplines, linked to use of sustainable marine arctic resources for different innovative purposes:
- Marine resources - characterization and isolation of marine natural compounds (used in industry, ingredients, drug discovery, functional food)
- Biological activity and mechanisms of actions of marine natural compounds using modern technology (antibacterial, anticancer, immune modulatory, anti-oxidative etc.)
- Marine resources and molecular biotechnology of secondary metabolites (invertebrates, microalgae, bacteria, fungi)
- Basic studies on arctic marine animals and microorganism
- Marine resources as food - impact on health
A Master's candidate is expected to have advanced and comprehensive knowledge of biotechnological methodology, theories, concepts and scientific approaches. The candidates who complete the programme are expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined by general proficiency, knowledge and skills
- Have advanced knowledge about industrial and biotechnological processes for use of marine resources and natural molecules with unique characteristics
- Have knowledge that can be applied to solve specific tasks in industry and public administration
- Understand our ethical our ethical responsibility for sustainable resource utilization, industrial practice and innovation
- Have knowledge of scientific theory and experience in applying scientific methodology
Skills. Students will have the ability to
- Formulate relevant research questions in an independent manner, and apply theories, concepts and methods pursuant to the scientific and ethical standards in the field
- Use advanced skills in genetics, biotechnological and molecular biological techniques
- Use multidisciplinary skills that enable students to combine different disciplines so that they can analyze and solve a wide range of technical problems
- Demonstrate proficiency in working individually and as a member of a team
- Complete a research project in marine biotechnology
- Search for and evaluate recent biological research in a critical manner, and to make assessments using scientific knowledge in the field
- Present biotechnological knowledge and ideas in an instructive manner to researchers, policy makers, industry and the general public
- Have acquired specialized expertise in one of the topics areas offered
- Have the competence to analyze biotechnology problems that require skills at a high level
- Apply their knowledge and skills in biotechnological theory and methods in new areas relevant to society
- Have sufficient competence to participate in and to evaluate research projects or to advance to doctoral studies
- Able to present scientific results in written and oral form
Individual guidance and supervision according to agreement and of two semesters duration. Maximum workload for the supervisor is 80 hours, you will receive supervision within these limits.
The theme for the thesis will be chosen in consultation with the supervisor and requires the approval of NFH in the form if submitted guidance contract with an attached project description. The general work effort in a master`s project (60 ECTS) is 1500-1800 hours. The work can be started in 2 or 3 semesters of the master's degree. The Master's thesis must be written in English.
Contract of supervision and approvals
All students will fill out a supervision contract in consultations with their supervisor. This contract should be signed by the student, the supervisor(s) and the head of the Department. The contract along with a project description, has to be approved by the Department.
Dead line for handing in the contract is the semester before you start on the thesis;
1. June for students admitted in autumn.
15. December for students admitted in spring.
The front page of the thesis should be approved by the student advisor before submissions. Look at earlier approved front pages of master thesis in Munin. The master thesis should be printed in 12 copies, if not otherwise stated. Color pages must be specified in an own field upon submissions to Munin to print in color.
<a href="https://intranett.uit.no/Content/497442/Eng. https://intranett.uit.no/Content/497442/Eng. Prosedyre for karaktersetting av masteroppgave">Guidelines for grading master's thesis</a>
- About the course
- Campus: Tromsø |
- ECTS: 60
- Course code: BIO-3901
- Responsible unit
- The Norwegian College of Fishery Science
- Earlier years and semesters for this topic